Drag Race season 10 episode 13 recap: ‘Why can’t everyone just get along?’ A newbie’s hot take

Hey, so, question: does RuPaul’s Drag Race ever actually stop airing? As one of the estimated seven queers left in the entire world that doesn’t religiously tune in every week, I swear it seems like a new episode is out every other day.

Each season seems to be over as soon as it gets started, which is probably why I’ve never quite managed to properly commit to trying to get into it, despite countless attempts, because it is literally impossible to keep up!

Honestly, I’ve only just learned the correct pronunciation of “Miss Vanjie” – I thought the j was silent until I heard it said out loud– and now apparently we’re already nearing the final episode of the season?!

But I guess if anything is going to convince me that it’s possible to keep track of all the Drag Race drama then a recap episode ahead of the season finale is probably it.

So I do what any self-respecting mega-fan would probably do: I set my alarm for 6am, make myself a strong black coffee and huddle up on the sofa, refreshing my internet browser twice a minute until the episode finale lands on Netflix half an hour later.

All the queens have gathered to spill the tea, the whole tea and nothing but the tea on season 10, and first up is the whole “Miss Vanjie” thing. “It’s like gay aloha now – hello, goodbye and thank you,” the queens explain, and the viral internet is finally starting to make sense to me.

Miss Vaaaaanjie (RuPaul’s Drag Race VH1)

Next we recap of some of the season’s most memorable eliminations, including Dusty Rae Bottom and Monét X Change’s Nicki Minaj lip sync battle in episode two, Monique forgetting her words lip syncing to Carly Rae Jepsen in episode seven, the double save in episode nine’s incredibly battle between Eureka and Kameron Michaels, and Miz Cracker’s elimination against her in episode 11 (I sound like an expert already, right?).

We continue with a look at The Vixen’s most confrontational moments, and it seems like I’ve missed out on a hell of a lot of drama.

First stirs up the rivalry between lookalike New York queens Aquaria and Miz Cracker, and then a recap of her showdown with Eureka ends up just turning into a whole other argument! Things gets so heated that The Vixen struts off set, with a “y’all can have a good night.” So much for Drag Race reunited.

With The Vixen gone, the rest of the girls keep discussing the feud, and it’s all too much for Asia O’Hara. “Here we are filming during Pride season and we let one of our sisters walk out the fucking room,” she says, fighting back tears. I don’t think I was emotionally prepared for this, and that’s not the end of it.

Next we recap Dusty Rae’s relationship with her ultra-religious family and the conversion therapy she was put through as a teen, Monique Heart, Monét X Change and Yuhua Hamasaki’s difficult relationships with their families, and finally Blair St Clair’s sexual assault and excessive drinking.

I honestly had no idea that Drag Race got this deep, and it’s all a bit much for me so early in the morning.

Time for a bit of light relief, so we play ‘Toot or Boot’ to recap some of the season’s most memorable outfits.

All of the looks are obviously fabulous, but I’m especially impressed with the resourcefulness of Monet’s sponge dress, even if the other queens aren’t. Then we move on to highlights from this season’s guest judges, including Christina, Andrew Rannells and Kumail Nanjiani. I’ve missed out on so much!


Now we’re all caught up, it’s the final chance for the queens to ask any burning questions and get things of their chest. I’m a little bit worried that it’s all going to descend into argumentative chaos again, and I kind of with everyone could just get along a bit better, even if some of the shade throwing is hilarious.

We’re almost at the end of the episode, so it’s time for the eliminated queens to share who they feel should win next week. And judging by the split in their opinion, it’s going to be a very close finale. I, for one, can’t wait!

Miss Vanjieeeeee…